NYC allows doctors to prescribe fresh fruit and vegetables as treatment for obesity

29 Jul

IMG_0904I just read this article from NaturalNews.com today and I wanted to share it! Even though part of me is so excited to see that a few government officials are starting to come to their senses, there’s a feeling of disbelief that the FDA still declares veggies as “unapproved drugs”.

“These days, it’s difficult to find examples of government doing anything that makes sense. That’s all the more reason why a program embraced by New York City is newsworthy. Dubbed the “Fruit and Vegetables Prescription Program,” it allows doctors to “prescribe” fresh fruit and vegetables to overweight or obese patients by giving them “Health Bucks” that are redeemable at local farmer’s markets.”
“This program makes New York City the largest U.S. city to officially acknowledge that fruits and vegetables have a role to play in preventing chronic degenerative disease — an idea that the FDA insists is delusional. According to the FDA, there is no such thing as any fruit, vegetable, supplement or superfood that has any ability whatsoever to prevent, treat or cure any disease.”

“New York doesn’t seem to be letting the FDA’s outdated delusions stop it from pursuing the “Fruits and Vegetables Prescription Program,” however. Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley announced the program last week, and by all accounts the program has been met with widespread approval. It allows families that are prescribed the Health Bucks to redeem them for fresh produce at over 140 New York City farmer’s markets.”

“…for every dollar you spend subsidizing real nutrition in the population — fresh fruits, vegetables or superfoods — you’ll probably save $10 or more in averted health care costs over the long term. Healthy foods are a fantastic investment because they’re cheap to buy but extremely valuable in terms of the lifesaving medicines they provide.”

Thank you New York for supporting health, nutrition, the local farmer’s market and the people who are the future of this world. This is great news!

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/041382_fruits_and_vegetables_prescriptions_farmers_markets.html#ixzz2aOvTJOK8

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2 Responses to “NYC allows doctors to prescribe fresh fruit and vegetables as treatment for obesity”

  1. glyn50 August 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    great idea! maybe we could get that sort of thing going in Pennsylvania, too.

  2. rockinrobin2012 August 11, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    WOW! This is really great news. It has been a goal of mine for a few years now to get the government and/or doctors to recognize diet as a key to reducing medical costs and suffering.

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